Sociology GCSE Course

£ 307.62

GCSE sociology courses from Distance Learning Centre, providers of GCSE sociology resources for home study.

Course Description

The Sociology GCSE Course asks questions such as: Why are there poor people and rich people? Why is it “right” to wear some clothes but not others (or none at all!)? Is there such a thing as “society”? With the aid of entertaining cartoons and numerous activities, this stimulating home study course analyses questions like these and casts a new slant on many aspects of modern life.

Sociology is the study of human society. As a discipline it embraces a variety of viewpoints all of which, however, share the common pursuit of increasing our understanding of the social world. Sociology places the individual within a social context. It is concerned with the study of social structures, social processes and social issues. In pursuit of this study it has developed a unique and distinctive range of concepts applicable to any human society.

Each lesson of the Sociology GCSE course begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions, and there is guidance for the preparation of coursework. There are ten tutor-marked assignments including two practice exam papers.

Specification and Exams

The Sociology GCSE course prepares students for AQA 8192 GCSE Sociology Specification, for exams in May/June 2021 or later years. Assessment is by two examination papers. There is no coursework assessment with this specification.

  • Paper 1 – The Sociology of Families and Education (1 Hour, 45 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks. The exam has two sections each with two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.

Summary of Content: The sociology of families, The sociology of education and Relevant areas of social theory and methodology.

  • Paper 2 – The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification (1 Hour, 45 Minutes) is 50% of the total marks. The exam has two sections each with two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.

Summary of Content: The sociology of crime and deviance, The sociology of social stratification and Relevant areas of social theory and methodology.

Sociology GCSE Course Syllabus

The Sociology GCSE Home Study Course is Divided into Six Modules Containing 18 Lessons:

The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Sociological Approach: Social Structures, Social Processes and Social Issues; and Introduction to Research Methods in Sociology.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Family Functions and Forms; Conjugal and Family Relationships; and Criticisms of Families and Divorce.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: The Roles and Functions of Education; Education: Capitalism and Achievement; and Processes within Schools.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Social Control; The Social Construction of Crime and Deviance; Criminal and Deviant Behaviour; Data on Crime.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Theories of Stratification; Socio-Economic Class and Life Chances; Poverty as a Social Issue; The Causes of Poverty; and Power – Authority and Relationships.
The Module Includes the Following Lessons: Theory and Design; and Interpreting Data and Ethics.

Additional Reading

Additional Reading:

No additional textbook is required to study the Sociology GCSE course, although there are recommendations for supplementary reading within the course pack.


There are no prerequisites for starting this course. We don’t recommend that you should study more than 5 GCSE or IGCSE courses at any one time.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course. All applications are subject to acceptance from our course advisory team.

Duration & Support

Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

AQA GCSE Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification GCSE Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams. 

Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA page for private candidates which shows a small selection of centres set out geographically.

Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK. Students wanting to sit exams outside of the UK should consider IGCSE Specifications. 

Examination Dates and Exam fees:

GCSE exams are available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.

Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.

Any student aiming for the Summer 2022 examination window will need to be enrolled on the course by 14 November 2021. Students can aim towards Summer 2023 exams if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

Predicted Grades & References

Predicted grades without a reference are available free of charge on request. If applying to a college or other further education establishment and you require a refernce with predicted grades then this is available at an additional cost of £45.00. A course advisor will discuss your predicted grades and progress with each individual tutor and put together a comprehensive reference that can be sent on your behalf. 

Please Note: Students need to have completed a minimum of four assignments per subject in order for us to have something to base our reference/prediction on. 

Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 200 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)